JAMES CAR­ROLL KEMPNER

1939-2017

Houston Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

JAMES CAR­ROLL KEMPNER was born on July 25, 1939 in Hous­ton, Texas and passed away at home early Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Jan­uary 11, 2017. Jim (Pops) was the youngest of two born to Isaac Her­bert Kempner and Mary Car­roll Kempner (now both de­ceased.) Jim is sur­vived by his wife of 41 years, Sharon Miller Kempner and their chil­dren James Car­roll Kempner, II and his wife Jen­nifer Bus­sian Kempner and Car­roll (Ceci) Kempner Gold­stone and her hus­band Michael Louis Gold­stone, Bon­nie Rubey McMurtry and her hus­band Lu­cian Lee McMurty, III, Karen Rubey Devlin and her hus­band Mark An­thony Devlin, Robert Bon­ner Rubey and his wife Mea­gan Grooth­ius Rubey and ten grand­chil­dren, James McIn­tire Kempner, Robert Car­roll Kempner, Mary Frances Kempner, Sa­muel Jerome Gold­stone, Isaac McIn­tire Gold­stone, Eleanor Bon­ner Ber­ing, Wy­att Kather­ine Rubey, Miller Stear­man Rubey, Molly Ni­cole McMurtry , Abby Al­yse McMurtry, and his brother, Isaac Her­bert (Denny) Kempner, III and his wife He­len (Sissy) Kempner.

He grad­u­ated from Choate in Walling­ford, Con­necti­cut, and earned his un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree from Har­vard Col­lege (1961) and an M.B.A. from Stan­ford Univer­sity (1966). Jim was a grad­u­ate of of­fi­cer can­di­date school in New­port, Rhode Is­land and was later based at the Naval Air Sta­tion, Port Lyautey, Ken­i­tra, Morocco.

Jim served as an Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent and the Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer of Im­pe­rial Holly Corp. from 1988 to 1993 and as Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer from 1993 to 2001. Be­fore fo­cus­ing on the fam­ily sugar busi­ness, he served for more than 10 years in sev­eral ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions at Pogo Pro­duc­ing Com­pany, in­clud­ing Trea­surer and Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer. His ca­reer also in­cludes nine years of in­vest­ment bank­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Lehman Broth­ers in the oil ser­vices in­dus­try. Jim served as a Di­rec­tor of Mag­el­lan Mid­stream Part­ners, LP from 2006 to 2015. He served as a Di­rec­tor of Bouygues Off­shore S.A. from 1997 to 2002. Jim was on the board of Fo­toFest & YES Prep.

Jim will al­ways be re­mem­bered as a gentleman, with as­tute busi­ness sense as well as a won­der­ful sense of hu­mor. Jim had var­ied in­ter­ests as a pi­lot, hunter, fly fish­er­man, pho­tog­ra­pher, ar­chi­tect, artist and chef. Jim loved his fam­ily with whom he trav­eled the world and shared his en­thu­si­asm for ad­ven­ture. A Fran­cophile, Jim learned French later in life and en­joyed spend­ing time with friends and fam­ily trav­el­ing and tak­ing cook­ing classes through­out the South of France.

The fam­ily wishes to thank Theresa Sauceda and Kelly Schaf­fer for their ded­i­ca­tion and care dur­ing Jim’s ill­ness.

Should friends de­sire, memo­ri­als may be made to:

Texas Lab Res­cue, tex­as­labres­cue.org

Habi­tat For Horses, P.O. Box 213, Hitch­cock, Texas 77563

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